Luminous algae. Motor neurons and slime molds. The underside of a cellar spider. These are the eclectic topics California photographers and scientists captured in images acknowledged in Nikon’s forty ninth Small World Photomicrography competitors. Nikon Devices, a subdivision of the Japanese optics firm, on Wednesday unveiled the winners of its annual contest.
Vacaville nature photographer Timothy Boomer positioned sixth within the high 20 photographs for his photograph of a slime mould. One other certainly one of Boomer’s images of the identical organism was acknowledged as an Picture of Distinction this 12 months, which is the third time Boomer’s work with slime molds was acknowledged following a 2021 Picture of Distinction win.
“It’s such an honor to have two of my images acknowledged within the firm of such unimaginable imagery from everywhere in the world,” Boomer mentioned in an e-mail Thursday. “One of many many issues I like about nature is that irrespective of how sharp the lens, we are able to by no means out-resolve the intricate particulars discovered within the miniature world.”
Dr. Andrew Posselt, a transplant surgeon at UCSF San Francisco, received an honorable point out for a picture of the underside of a cellar spider. Posselt has additionally received previously, taking house fourth place final 12 months for a picture of a daddy longlegs.
Thomas G.W. Graham, a post-doctoral researcher at UC Berkeley who photographed algae from a mud puddle, was acknowledged for submitting an Picture of Distinction.
And researchers at UC San Diego additionally received tenth and fifteenth place honors within the high 20 for his or her images of particular person coral polyps and a close-up of motor neurons.
This 12 months’s first-place prize, in the meantime, was awarded to Hassanain Qambari, assisted by Jayden Dickson of the Lions Eye Institute in Australia, for his vivid picture of a rodent optic nerve head.
To pick winners, judges reviewed greater than 1,900 images entered from 72 international locations.
Benefit from the high 20 profitable images from the competition under.